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Thunder Bay Summer Fun Guide

The Complete A to Z List



Hello, summer!

How many items can your family check off The Complete A to Z List of summer fun?

A is for…

Amethyst

Grab a bucket and pick out your own sparkly purple stones (Ontario’s official gemstone) at one of the area’s three amethyst mines.

Boats

Pull up a colourful chair at Prince Arthur’s Landing to watch the container ships, tugs and sailboats in the harbour. You can also book a sailboat tour or fishing charter.

Conservatory

Meander through the Centennial Botanical Conservatory and check out the lush tropical plants and toss coins in the waterfall pools.   

Drums

The music, the singing, the regalia, the food… it’s hard to pick a favourite part of a powwow. Visit Fort William First Nation’s annual summer powwow, Heartbeat of Our Nation, held June 30 to July 2. 

Eating

What will it be? Panzerotti at Caesar’s Place, fudge at Farmhouse Fudge, gelato at Prime Gelato, tacos at El Tres, wings at Wacky’s, ribs at Red Lion Smokehouse? There are so many choices... come hungry. 

Festivals

Take your pick: celebrating Canada’s birthday, grooving to the blues, exploring Indian culture, watching buskers, noshing on Italian food, cheering on the dragon boats… summertime is festival time

Galleries

Feast your eyes on cool contemporary art at Definitely Superior, works by 150 top northern Ontario artists at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, striking Indigenous art at Ahnishnabe Art Gallery… and more!

Hiking

Explore the beautiful northwest—and perhaps catch some cool lake or mountain breezes—with a family hike

Indoor Playgrounds

Too hot, too wet or too buggy… take the littles to an indoor playground to burn off some energy. 

Jail

Wait, what? The Thunder Bay Museum, housed in a former police station, has an actual jail cell that’s a favourite with kids. A bike with a giant front wheel and Albert the Albertosaurus are also big winners. 

KakAbeka Falls

You can get a spectacular look at “The Niagara of the North” from the walkways at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, and consider a hike on the Little Falls trail too. 

Library

Not only does the Thunder Bay Public Library offer lots of family-friendly events, cardholders can also borrow fishing gear or gardening equipment.

Movies

Get comfy on a blanket and watch free family-friendly movies under the stars at Marina Park on Fridays and Saturdays in August. 

Nature

Discover more of the city’s beauty spots with Big Boreal Adventure, a nature-based scavenger hunt just right for kids. 

Outdoor Sports

Cheer on the Chill or the Border Cats at a live home game. 

Persians

How about a tour to taste-test Thunder Bay’s famous pink pastry, the Persian? Other local kid-pleasing fare includes Sally Anns, Finnish pancakes and Coney dogs. 

Quiet

Seek some downtime at the ruggedly beautiful Sleeping Giant Provincial Park or—road trip!—Quetico Provincial Park

Rock Climbing

For a way-cool family outing, book a rock-climbing lesson! From one-hour sessions to half and full-day trips, indoors or outdoors, there’s something for everyone. 

Stand-up Paddleboarding

If you’ve always wanted to try it, a SUP rental-and-lesson package at one of the city’s lakes is the way to go. 

Test Your Wits

See if you can beat the clock and solve the clues and puzzles in one of four themed “escape rooms.” (T is for tweens and teens too—this is great for a hard-to-please age group)

Understanding History

A visit to Fort William Historical Park brings a fur trade post circa 1816 to life with in-character interpreters who fire muskets, make birchbark canoes, tend farm animals and more. 

Vickers Park

And all the other TBay playgrounds too. Savour the view of the Sleeping Giant at Hillcrest, play tag in the towering trees at Vickers, ride the mini-train at Centennial, and more. 

Water

At the splash pad, that is. The city has three free splash pads (with a fourth opening soon at the North End Community Centre). 

Xtra-Fresh

Snack your way through the Thunder Bay Country Market on Saturday mornings or Wednesday afternoons, pick your own berries at Belluz Farms or see how gouda cheese is made at Thunder Oak Cheese Farm—yum!

Young-at-Heart

An indie toy store is a kid-approved way to spend some of that vacation cash—explore ToySense, the Purple Camel or the Kakabeka Depot for good-quality toys and games. 

Zip-lining

Your junior daredevil will never forget zip-lining at Eagle Canyon Adventures, available for kids who meet the requirements (minimum age 6, 50 lbs and 3’6”). Wheee!

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